FCC redefines ‘Broadband’

Posted on June 24, 2008  /  0 Comments

Where exactly the line that segregates ‘Broadband’ from ‘Narrowband’? Interestingly every country and every organization seems to have one’s own definition. 256 kbps is adequate ‘broadband’ for some countries to claim to be at the top of the broadband map. More ambitious have kept the level at 1 Mbps or even 2 Mbps.

FCC too was happy with 200 kbps (on either direction) for some time, but apparently has apparently realized that outdated. From now on, it will use a more ambitious and more nuanced set of definitions as follows:

“First Generation data “: 200 Kbps up to 768 Kbps

“Basic Broadband”: 768 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps

And from there, the FCC will keep track of the number of homes that get service in each of six higher speed tiers:

1.5 Mbps to < 3.0 Mbps
3.0 Mbps to < 6.0 Mbps
6.0 Mbps to < 10.0 Mbps
10.0 Mbps to < 25.0 Mbps
25.0 Mbps to < 100.0 Mbps
100.0 Mbps +

Read the full story here.

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